Monday, November 30, 2009
Thoughts While Shaving: Huckabee Disappoints in Debate with Dean Heres a TipWhite Collar is a Winner on USA Network.
Mike Huckabee sorely disappointed me in yesterdays televised pro-and-con on Fox News Sunday. Not that he didnt outshine his opponent, Howard Deanbut then thats easy. Huckabee fumbled his views on health care by not laying a glove on Deans espousal of the public option but instead said that the most important thing is to encourage Americans to eat less and exercise more sort of a takeoff on his successful book of 2005, Quit Digging Your Grave with Your Knife and Forka guide to weight loss. Maybe he was preoccupied by the emerging story that Washington state police were focusing on one Maurice Clemmons a guy Huckabee pardoned as Arkansas governor as a key suspect in the killing of four policemen over the weekend.
Earlier I wrote that while Im not endorsing him, still Huckabee struck me as having many of the qualities a presidential candidate should have to face Barack Obamaand I still feel that way but I was more than a little dismayed at his vapid answer on Fox to the all-important question on federalized health care. He referred to the right concept very lightlythe plan pioneered by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The plan involves taking the money the country is spending right now 2-1/2-times per person what any other country spends on health care and dont pass it through the bureaucracies but give it to individuals to empower them in the form of vouchers along with good information to enable them to buy health insurance. Why Huckabee didnt stress that plan is beyond me. Maybe it was just a dumb moment but while he looked better than Howard Dean (well anyone could) he didnt seem on top of his game.
Incidentally, the Maurice Clemmons thing could be Huckabees Willy Horton moment and could knock him from his front-runner presidential perch in Iowa.
White Collar is Great TV Entertainment.
I rarely watch entertainment TV but I did the other night and hugely enjoyed White Collar on USA cable network. The series has just finished its 2009 run but re-runs are being shown on the network. Its clean, witty and clever reminiscent of To Catch a Thief, the Alfred Hitchcock film of 1955 starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. In that film you remember that Grant is a retired cat burglar on the French Riviera one who dexterously invades the houses of the rich and purloins their jewels and expensive watches. Hes hired by the French underground in World War II to practice his art for the good guys.
White Collar is similar. An expert in white collar crime is nabbed by the FBI and serves some time in jail. He breaks out attempts to find his girl-friend who has disappeared and is recaptured by the same FBI agent who nabbed him the first time. The crook who is a charming con convinces the FBI that he can better serve justice by helping the agency find white collar criminals. The agency buys the idea. fits him with an ankle bracelet and puts him to work off his sentence by helping them in their white collar crime sectionall the while he is using his spare time to find his disappeared girl friend. In the final segment he discovers that she was last seen in the company of the FBI which causes him to ponder the people hes working for. Fascinating. Take a tip from me and see some of the earlier episodes and discover the closest thing to an early Cary Grant extant: actor Matt Bomer playing the con Neal Caffrey.